A new Barbour County Fair queen was named following a pageant that took place with the opening of the 37th annual county fair on Saturday night.
The theme for the 37th county fair took an Irish spin with the slogan "Find your pot of gold at the Barbour County Fair."
"I would put Barbour County's fair up against any in the state," said Delegate Mary Poling in a short speech during the opening ceremonies.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Melissa Toothman
From left, Aundrea Black, 16, Bridget Booth, 17, and Brianna Waybright, 17, sport their sashes and other prizes awarded to them at the Barbour County Fair Queen's Pageant on Saturday night. Booth was named the 2012 Barbour County Fair Queen.
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Opening ceremonies began Saturday evening leading up to the pageant with multiple appearances from Ciera Nestor, Miss Barbour County 2011. The opening ceremony was led by John Loyd, president of the Barbour County Fair Association, and Barbour County Sheriff John Hawkins, a 16-year fair manager.
The ceremony and pageant took place on stage at the John Loyd Entertainment Center.
The 2012 pageant featured six contestants, nine minor court members and two escorts. Dan Kelly, men's soccer coach for Alderson-Broaddus College, had the honor of crowning Bridget Booth, 17, as Miss Barbour County 2012.
Kelly said his family is from Ireland and he was happy about this year's theme.
Booth resides in Belington with her parents, Dana and Lou Shawn Booth. She is a senior at Philip Barbour High School this year and has played on the volleyball team for three years and the swim team for one year.
Booth earned other honors in the competition as well. She was awarded Best Speech and named Miss Photogenic. Booth not only received the crown and sashes that go along with her three awards, but as queen, she receives a scholarship, a $1,000 gift certificate and other prizes.
First runner-up in the competition was 16-year old Aundrea Black, senior at Philip Barbour High School and daughter of Ron and Stacie Black.
Brianna Waybright, 17-year old daughter of Christina and Marty Waybright of Belington, was named Miss Congeniality.
Three other contestants competed for the crown on Saturday. They were Janessa Jack, 17-year old daughter of Brian and Crystal Jack of Philippi; Rachel Lindsey Stuart, 17-year old daughter of Randy and Robin Stuart of Philippi; and Breanna Rinko 17-year old daughter of Mike and Kim Delauder of Philippi.
Contestants were judged in three rounds of the competition including street wear, evening gown, and on stage question.
The contestants were escorted during the competition by two 17-year-olds, Samuel Crowther and Zachary McConnell. Crowther is the son of Jeff and Betty Crowther of Philippi and grandson of Eugene Schoonover of Belington, the late Lelia Schoonover and the late Sam and Anita Crowther.
McConnell is the son of Bill and Melissa Kelley of Philippi and Dean and Paula McConnell of Royal Air Force Mildenhall, United Kingdom and has lived in Azores, Portugal, Ramstein, Germany and England prior to settling down with his mother in Philippi.
Dressing as leprechauns for an appearance on stage were nine minor court members. Connely Sparks, 5, of Philippi, Grant Harris, 5, of Moatsville, Logan and Garrett Philipps, 5-year old twins from White Oak, Isaac Golden, son of Dustin and Danielle Sullivan, Hannah Welch, 5, of Tacy Community, Lindsey Moss, of Belington, Ashley Poling, 5, of Tacy Community, and MacKenna Halfin, 5.
The Barbour County Fair continues today with the grand feature parade, sponsored by the Junior Lions Club, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The fair concludes on Saturday night.